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What is a dental crown?
A dental crowns is essentially a tooth cap that protects damaged or worn down teeth. A crown strengthens a tooth and helps prevent further deterioration.

With the continued advances in dentistry, crowns can be made from a variety of martials including porcelain and ceramics offering a more natural appearance.

What the procedure involves
Before a crown can be fitted, your dentist will firstly clean and reshape the problem tooth under local anaesthesia. A mould of the teeth wil lthen be taken to allow the dental laboratory to create a crown to fit perfectly. Until this custom made crown is manufactured, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown.

Your second dental visit will involve your dentist replacing this temporary crown with the newly created permanent crown.

Typical costs and prices
The cost of having dental crowns cary vary from as little as £300 to over £2,000 per tooth depending on the dentist you choose and the materials used.

For example, a central London dentist using the latest porcelain or ceramic crown techniques will cost a great deal more than a local dentist using standard materials.

The life span of dental crowns
The question of how long a crown will last is a difficult one to answer. It depends greatly on how well each individual patient looks after their teeth. Someone who has a healthy diet and a thorough dental hygiene regime may find their crown lasting many more years than someone with poor eating and hygiene habits.

It's also worth noting that a high quality crown will last a little longer than those made from standard materials.

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